What Offenses are Deportable for Immigration?
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) specifies different offenses that are deportable for immigration, and they include criminal convictions such as aggravated felonies, crimes of moral turpitude, drug offenses, firearms crimes, and domestic violence. In addition, deportation is possible if a person is here unlawfully and also for fraud, e.g., a green card marriage.
At Bassey Immigration Law Center, we provide responsive support for individuals, families, and business owners struggling with immigration matters. We use our knowledge and experience to create a favorable resolution for you. Our multilingual team fully understands the immigrant experience and knows how to successfully fight for your future. If you have questions about what offenses are deportable, please contact us.
The Most Common Offenses
U.S. law contains a comprehensive list of grounds upon which immigrants may be deported back to their country of origin. Some of the most common are the following:
For immigration purposes, a conviction occurs when a person is found guilty by a jury or judge, they’ve pleaded guilty, or no contest to a crime, or a conviction is later vacated or expunged. Please note that because of this definition of conviction, even if you accept a plea bargain from a more serious charge, you may still face the risk of being deported.
As noted above, five different types of criminal convictions can cause a Green Card or Visa-holder to get removed from this country, and they include the following:
- Aggravated felonies
- Crimes that involve moral turpitude (dishonesty, fraud, deceit)
- Drug offenses
- Firearms crimes
- Domestic violence
Notably, any non-US citizen that abuses drugs is deportable even if they have not been convicted of a crime. Additionally, any non-citizen who commits, attempts to commit or conspires to commit certain drug crimes can also be removed even if they did not use drugs.
Unlawful presence in the United States
People who are unlawfully in the United States have very few rights concerning immigration. They can be deported in as little as 24 hours without being offered the right to a hearing. In most cases, they were either inadmissible to the country when they entered or their status changed.
This can include a fraudulent marriage to obtain a green card, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship for government benefits or a job, and altering, forging, or using an altered document to get government assistance.
Schedule a Consultation with Bassey Immigration Law Center
There are many complex and nuanced reasons why someone may get deported. With so much on the line for you and your family, we recommend that you consult with an experienced deportation lawyer as soon as possible.
At Bassey Immigration Law Center, we have gained over a decade of experience handling immigration issues for our valued clients. Our multilingual team understands the immigrant experience and is dedicated to fighting for justice on your behalf. If you have questions about what offenses are deportable for immigration, call us today to schedule a consultation. These no-obligation consultations with an immigration lawyer in Florida are 100 percent confidential.